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Old 01-06-2009, 09:20 AM
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There are 4 Bubblers running 24/7 till March or this would be garbage pushed up on the lawn.


What exactly is a bubbler and how does it work? Air bubbles? Hot/warm air.......or just moves the water, or both?
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What exactly is a bubbler and how does it work? Air bubbles? Hot/warm air.......or just moves the water, or both?
Bubblers is actually a mis-nomer, other than thats what everyone calls them.

In actual fact they are a 20 amp waterproof electric motor with a cage on one end protecting a propeller.

Picture a paint can with an old fashioned wire goalie mask attached to one end with a 2 blade 6 inch dia, propeller inside the cage.

The principle is A moving the water so it doesn't freeze and B drawing the warmer water off the bottom to the surface to help.

They are mounted on 6 ft. poles attached to the dock with a slight angle upward.

I could probably get away with shutting the odd one off when its sunny and near freezing but I don't want to risk having ice forming around piles and then not being able to get rid of it.

I'll post pic later showing how much area stays open now that lake is completely frozen over.
 
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that seems more fun then snow!!
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So if it is -20 C or so, and you lose power, how long before the dock is trashed?
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When the river freezes here , as kids we used to have tochop the ice around the pilings at least twice a day or the pilings were getting lifted with the incoming tide. Now it's easy to use a bubbbler.
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When the dock was being built last year the contractor got caught with early bad weather. He finished the T which is protected by large boulders which breaks up the pressures of the ice.
But the actual dock was not finished and the piles were the only thing there. The following pics are from early spring before the piles were pulled and re-driven.
FYI the piles are 16' long 10" dia. 1/2" wall. They are 10' in solid lake bottom.
Look at what the expansion and contraction of the ice did to them over the winter. Piles were bent 22 deg.
At the end of the winter there is a wall 10' high across the T of ice standing straight up.
The dock is 126' long with an 80' T all of which is 10' wide.Running water and dock power.
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Took 3 weeks to rebuild ,add hydro and water.
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Took 3 weeks to rebuild ,add hydro and water.
Very nice dock!!!!! Congrats
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Found this thread looking for seawall ideas. Anybody know of any good quality inexpensive seawall material? lol ! ! ( fresh water river front )
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